Rhetoric Minor Overview


Rhetoric is the theory of persuasive communication, both written and spoken. The minor in rhetoric has been designed for students who want to know the principles and skills of practical persuasion in its varied contexts. The program will be of value for all students wishing to improve their writing and speaking skills and especially useful for those students who plan careers in business, management, law, government, and education. The minor in rhetoric is an interdisciplinary program offered through the cooperation of the Department of English and the Department of Communication.

Requirements for a Minor in Rhetoric

Fifteen semester hours of coursework are required.

  1. Six semester hours from the course list in Rhetorical Theory and Analysis of Discourse
  2. Six semester hours from the course list in Writing and Speaking Skills
  3. Three semester hours in electives from either section of the Rhetoric Course List
  4. At least nine of the fifteen semester hours must at the 300-level or higher (including at least six hours at the University of Maryland, College Park)
  5. No more than six of the fifteen semester hours may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland, College Park
  6. No more than six of the fifteen semester hours may count toward the student’s major, supporting courses, and college requirements
  7. No course from the student’s major department may count toward the minor
  8. No course used to satisfy a Fundamental Studies requirement may count toward the minor
  9. No course used to satisfy the requirements of another minor may count toward the rhetoric minor.
  10. No course grade below the grade of “C” may count toward the minor



Michael Israel, Ph.D.

Department of English

3126 Tawes Hall




Michelle Murray Yang, Ph.D.

Department of Communication

2114 Skinner Building


University regulations specify “to ensure appropriate academic advising, students who wish to pursue a minor should inform both the college responsible for their major and the unit offering the minor as early as possible, but in no case later than one full academic year before the expected date of graduation.”  We recommend you seek admission to the minor and receive advising within the first six credits of your minor.

Advising for Rhetoric Minors:

If you are interested in learning more about the minor, please contact one of the advisors for an advising appointment. Students who are interested in adding the minor should create a list of prospective classes they are interested in taking to fulfill the minor requirements and bring it to the advising appointment. For senior checks or answers to any questions, please contact the adviser in the department that advised your admission.